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  • The Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro is well implemented, but serves no useful purpose

    I hardly ever used the function keys. Yes, the biggest thing I use the Touch Bar for is volume and braightness, but I do use it for other tasks in various programs. The strength of Touch Bar is that it changes to fit the app that's running, much like the virtual key strip at the bottom of an iPad Pro. I don't understand the complaints about the Esc key. You can even tap the Touch Bar at the end, to the left of the Esc key, and it will trigger Esc. Dead simple. The MacBook Pro keyboard is one of the best I've ever used. After almost a year of use, I haven't had any problems with the keys. I would hate to have to go back to my previous MacBook Pros. In addition to my MBP, I have an iMac and an iPad Pro. I also have a Surface Book and Surface Studio, mostly out of curiosity. Windows still sucks, but the the Surface devices have convinced me that Apple needs to merge macOS and iOS. I'm tired of crippled iOS versions of apps on my iPad. Apple also needs to put touch screens on all devices. "People don't want that. That's not how they use their computers." I look at my MBP sitting beside my iPad with its Smart Keyboard. They're both laptops. A touch screen is so wrong for the MBP, but it's great for the iPad. Really Apple? Really? Functionally, the Surface line, especially the Studio, is eating Apple's lunch. But, like I said, Windows sucks. I hope Apple takes a few clues from Redmond. No matter how good you are--and Apple is good--you can still learn from others.
  • Apple flies original Mac team's pirate flag for company's 40th anniversary

    Hey sog35, I thought you were kidding with your first post, but apparently you're serious. I assume you've already taken Disney and Johnny Depp to task for "Pirates of the Carribean." Our fascination with pirates is a cultural thing that's understood by nearly everyone except you. Lighten up!
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  • Hands on: Duet Display for iPad brings Touch Bar, Apple Pencil to your extended Mac desktop

    Mahnud said:
    Will this work with a 13 inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar that is also connected to the new LG 5K display? It's unclear to me whether this would constitute a third display that's not supported.
    I have two auxiliary displays hooked up to my iMac 5K. When Duet is running on my iPad Pro, I can only drag windows to to iPad. Duet won't let me utilize my other displays. I must choose between two 24-inch displays or the 12.9-inch iPad screen. Duet loses this one.
  • Apple is America's top corporate user of solar energy

    El Capitan... "CO2 is not a greenhouse gas at all. It has a maximum effect on climate of 0.2 deg C and that effect was already exhausted in the 1920s. CO2 currently accounts for 0.04% of the atmosphere, and the only effect it has - which is positive, is greening of the planet and higher agricultural production which have been crucial to fighting starvation. If you want to learn something on the issue, check out a few of Steve Goddard's videos (known as Tony Heller on Youtube). This one is a good starting point:" I watched the video in which he conveniently left out the effect that the Dust Bowl had on temperatures in 1936. Tony Heller (that's his real name--Steve Goddard is a pen name) has a reputation as a distorter of data, and he has no qualifications as a climate scientist. Climate change deniers and flat earthers have a lot in common: neither can recognize reality when its right in front of them, and they are all nuts.
  • Apple offers discounted annual Apple Music subscription through $99 gift card

    johnbear said:
    with youtube and others free this is just obscene! shame on you apple
    No, shame on you johnboat. You expect artists to entertain you for free. Do you work for free? Didn't think so. You and freeloaders like you are the obscene ones.
  • Editorial: What Apple's App Store secrecy reveals about its 'iPhone 11' event

    Re: Corrections' reply to hammeroftruth. Thank you Corrections! Well said! Thank you! Thank you!
  • Seven new MacBook & MacBook Pro models on the way

    I love the Touch Bar. If they can improve it, fine, but don't take it away. I have no problem with the virtual Esc key. It works even when you hit to the side of it. Having a top row that has keys germane to the app your working with is a huge step forward. If the compainers always got their way, we would still be using manual typewriters.
  • Jony Ive disappears from list of advisors for Saudi 'megacity' project [u]

    samrod said:
    "A little over 0.01 square miles" is about 200 x 150 yards, basically one city block. That's no mega city. It's a small village.
    It's 26,500 square kilometers, not square meters. That would be approximately 10,200 square miles. Parts of it will be in Egypt and Jordan.
  • Jobs biographer slams Apple design and missed TV opportunity

    Walter Isaacson and Steve Wozniak should get together and form the "Look At Me! I Have Stupid Things To Say About Apple" club.
  • Apple TV Remote app inspired Steve Jobs' concept of Apple TV Siri Remote

    The Siri remote is absolutely the worst remote control I have ever used. One half of it is a touch surface that does undefined things when you touch it. There are no lights. It feels the same when you pick it up from either end in the dark. It is super small so it likes to slip down between the seats. The buttons are almost flush with the surface and arranged in a way that makes it hard to tell what you are pressing in the dark. It seems to have been designed by someone that does not have a home theater.
    I agree. I hate it. Also, it has no mute button.